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1.  Nanofabrication of highly ordered, tunable metallic mesostructures via quasi-hard-templating of lyotropic liquid crystals 
Scientific Reports  2014;4:7420.
The synthesis of metal frameworks perforated with nanotunnels is a challenge because metals have high surface energies that favor low surface area structures; traditional liquid-crystal templating techniques cannot achieve the synthetic control required. We report a synthetic strategy to fabricate metal nanomaterials with highly ordered, tunable mesostructures in confined systems based on a new quasi-hard-templating liquid-crystals mechanism. The resulting platinum nanowires exhibit long range two-dimensional hexagonally ordered mesopore structures. In addition, single crystalline hexagonal mesoporous platinum nanowires with dominant {110} facets have been synthesized. Finally, we demonstrate that the mesostructures of metal nanomaterials can be tuned from hexagonal to lamellar mesostructures.
PMCID: PMC4262821  PMID: 25502015
2.  Oriented MOF-polymer Composite Nanofiber Membranes for High Proton Conductivity at High Temperature and Anhydrous Condition 
Scientific Reports  2014;4:4334.
The novel oriented electrospun nanofiber membrane composed of MOFs and SPPESK has been synthesized for proton exchange membrane fuel cell operating at high temperature and anhydrous conditions. It is clear that the oriented nanofiber membrane displays the higher proton conductivity than that of the disordered nanofiber membrane or the membrane prepared by conventional solvent-casting method (without nanofibers). Nanofibers within the membranes are significantly oriented. The proton conductivity of the oriented nanofiber membrane can reach up to (8.2 ± 0.16) × 10−2 S cm−1 at 160°C under anhydrous condition for the highly orientation of nanofibers. Moreover, the oxidative stability and resistance of methanol permeability of the nanofibers membrane are obviously improved with an increase in orientation of nanofibers. The observed methanol permeability of 0.707 × 10−7 cm2 s−1 is about 6% of Nafion-115. Consequently, orientated nanofibers membrane is proved to be a promising material as the proton exchange membrane for potential application in direct methanol fuel cells.
PMCID: PMC4118289  PMID: 25082522
3.  Synthesis of silicalite-poly(furfuryl alcohol) composite membranes for oxygen enrichment from air 
Nanoscale Research Letters  2011;6(1):637.
Silicalite-poly(furfuryl alcohol) [PFA] composite membranes were prepared by solution casting of silicalite-furfuryl alcohol [FA] suspension on a porous polysulfone substrate and subsequent in situ polymerization of FA. X-ray diffraction, nitrogen sorption, thermogravimetric analysis, scanning electron microscopy, and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy were used to characterize silicalite nanocrystals and silicalite-PFA composite membranes. The silicalite-PFA composite membrane with 20 wt.% silicalite loading exhibits good oxygen/nitrogen selectivity (4.15) and high oxygen permeability (1,132.6 Barrers) at 50°C. Silicalite-PFA composite membranes are promising for the production of oxygen-enriched air for various applications.
PMCID: PMC3261223  PMID: 22209012
poly(furfuryl alcohol); silicalite; composite membrane; air separation

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